OPENonline to Host HRCI-Approved Webinar, "Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring"

OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background screening services that is accredited by the NAPBS(R) Background Screening Credentialing Council, will host an HRCI-approved webinar for HR professionals about recent suits shaking up the background screening industry and what employers can do to stay out of court. The complimentary webinar, “Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring,” will also review compliance requirements for employers and provide insight into the specific steps and documentation under the microscope. The webinar will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST and will be led Karen Kontras, Certified Safe Hiring Specialist and Compliance and Quality Assurance Administrator at OPENonline. register now »

The balancing act employers are faced with when it comes to the impact of negligent hiring claims versus compliance with ongoing legislation and regulations is enough to make anyone dizzy. From the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance to Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements to Ban the Box legislation, hiring practices are under the microscope now more than ever. “Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring,” will review best practices to assist employers in staying compliant with their employment screening process.

“We’ve seen multiple headline-making cases where employers are taken to court for noncompliant hiring practices these past few years,” said Heather Browning, Executive Vice President of OPENonline. “We hope our complimentary legal update webinar will help hiring managers pinpoint the specific documentation and procedures at the forefront of these lawsuits, and learn how to make them compliant.”

The webinar, “Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring” has been approved for 1 (General) re-certification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR re-certification through the HR Certification Institute. register now »

Karen Kontras brings more than 18 years of industry expertise in her role as Compliance and Quality Assurance Administrator at OPENonline. She is certified by the NAPBS(R) Advanced Certification Program (ACP), the highest level of certification for background screeners offered by the NAPBS(R) and serves as an active member of the NAPBS Best Practices, Government Relations and Tenant Screening Committees. OPENonline’s Continued Compliance Education Series is led by Kontras, who covers topics including FCRA compliance, Title VII, privacy in the workplace, Ban the Box legislation, I-9 and E-Verify compliance, and many additional challenges employers face in the hiring process.

About OPENonline’s Continued Compliance Education Series
OPENonline’s Continued Compliance Education Series kicked off with the webinar “Does Ban the Box Mean Ban the Background Check?” The webinar served as a follow up to OPENonline’s successful White Paper, “Protecting your Rights or Disguising your Past? How the once unknown Ban the Box movement has sparked a nationwide debate.” Additionally, OPENonline’s Continued Compliance Education Series has featured, “Reflection of the FCRA,” which reviewed recent class action lawsuits and how the EEOC, state and federal laws affect the use of background reports; “Is Your Background Check Process Compliant? The Changing Landscape of Background Checks” about the EEOC’s updated Enforcement Guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records in the hiring process; “Same Story, Different Day: The Attorney’s Perspective on the EEOC and FCRA” regarding employer compliance with the EEOC and FCRA and; “I-9 & E-Verify Compliance” about the penalties ICE and Office of Special Counsel (OSC) can impose for non-compliance.

About OPENonline
OPENonline is accredited by the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council and is the leading provider of background screening and investigative solutions. OPENonline is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and serves clients around the world. The company has offices throughout the United States, with primary administrative locations in Ohio, Oregon and California. OPENonline offers a broad range of employment screening, drug screening and employment eligibility verification services, including SelectHire(R), a one stop solution for employment screening. The company is dedicated to helping customers save time and money by providing background information that is current, accurate and compliant with exceptional customer service. Each of OPENonline’s Safe Hiring Background Specialists are U.S. -based, FCRA certified and compliant with state and federal laws. For more information, visit or call 1-888-381-5656.